The 2017 MLB World Series


The 113th World Series has finished, with the Houston Astros defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers four games to three, to win their first world series championship ever.

This was the first time the Houston Astros have made it to the World Series as a member of the American League, as they were a member of the National League through 2012. The Astros have made it to the World Series one other time in 2005, when they lost to the Chicago White Sox four games to zero.

The Astros had the second best record in the American League, behind the Cleveland Indians. They defeated the Boston Red Sox three games to one in the ALDS (American League Division Series) to advance to the ALCS (American League Championship Series) to face the New York Yankees. The Astros won the first two games at home, then they lost the next three games in New York, and then won the last two at home to clinch their first American League Championship ever.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been in the World Series eighteen times, most recently in 1988 when they defeated the Oakland Athletics four games to one. The Dodgers have won six World Series in the history of their franchise.

The Dodgers swept the Arizona Diamondback three game to zero in the NLDS to advance to the National League Championship Series (NLCS) against the defending World Series champions Chicago Cubs. They defeated the Cubs four games to one to advance to their first World Series since 1988.

The Dodgers will receive home field advantage in the series as they finished with a better regular season record than the Astros. The Dodgers won 104 games, while the Astros won 101 games in the 2017 MLB season. This is the first time since 2002 that home field advantage in the World Series is not dependent on the winner of the All-Star game. If the old rule was in effect, the Houston Astros would have home field advantage because the American League defeated the National League two to one, in 10 innings. The rule was implemented to encourage teams to try after the 2002 MLB All Star Game ended in a tie.

In game one of the 2017 World Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Houston Astros  three to one, taking a one to zero lead in the series. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, Clayton Kershaw, was dominant in his first career World Series start, striking out 11 Astros while only allowing three hits in seven innings. Houston Astros starter Dallas Keuchel also had a good game, pitching six and two thirds innings, while allowing six hits while striking out three.

The biggest play of the game occurred in the sixth inning, when Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman ,Justin Turner, hit a two run home run to put the Dodgers in the lead for good. The other two runs were scored on solo home runs by Astros third baseman, Alex Bregman, and Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder, Chris Taylor.

In game two of the 2017 World Series, the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers seven to six in 11 innings to tie the series at one to one. Astros pitcher Justin Verlander pitched six innings, allowing two hits in six innings. Both hits were home runs, hit by shortstop Corey Seager and Center Fielder Joc Pederson.

The Astros entered the eighth inning down three to one, and tied the game at three, to send the game into extra innings. Astros second baseman, Jose Altuve, and shortstop, Carlos Correa, hit back to back home runs in the tenth to take a five to three lead. The Dodgers tied the game in the tenth after a home run by right fielder Yasiel Puig and a rbi single by Enrique Hernandez.

The Astros then scored two runs in the 11th inning on a two run home run by center fielder, George Springer. The Dodgers were unable to come back in the 11th, however they did score a run on a home run hit by Dodgers utilityman, Charlie Culberson.

Game three was a victory for the Houston Astros, as the final score was five to three. The starting pitching in this game was not as good as the first two, as Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, Yu Darvish, only pitched one and two thirds of an inning, allowing four runs including a home run by Astros first baseman, Yuli Gurriel. After hitting the homerun, Gurriel was recorded making a racist gesture in the dugout and received a five game suspension starting next year.

Game four was a victory for the Dodgers, tying the series at two games to two. The Dodgers won five to two, and the Dodgers starter Alex Wood brought a no hitter into the sixth innings until a home run by Astros center fielder George Springer ending the no hitter. Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson hit a three run home run in the ninth to put the game out of reach.

Game five became an instant world series classic, with the Astros winning thirteen to twelve in a game that lasted over five hours. The winning hit came in the tenth inning, when Astros third baseman Alex Bregman knocked outfielder Derek Fisher in to secure the Astros victory. There were seven home runs in the game, including five by the Astros. With this win, the Astros became the first team since the 2002 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to win eight postseason home games.

With their backs against the wall in game six, the Dodgers won to tie the series at three the final score being three to one. Joc Pederson hit another big home run, this time a solo shot in the eighth inning to send the series to a winner take all game seven of the world series.

The Astros clinched the World Series after defeating the Dodgers five to one. Astros pitcher, Charlie Morton, pitched four innings in relief to get the win. Dodgers pitcher, Yu Darvish, was ineffective for the second time in the series, pitching one and two thirds innings again. Astros center fielder George Springer hit a home run in his fourth straight World Series game to win the Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.

Many fans believe that both teams are built well for the future. Most MLB fans would love to see a rematch of this series in the future.